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​Boysenberry Bush

​Boysenberry Bush

Posted by Tammy Sons on Apr 5th 2018

Boysenberry Bush

Boysenberriesare one of the easiest plants to grow, and each plant produces 8-10 pounds of fruit annually. Boysenberries are hearty berries, larger than a blackberry, and they are a hybrid mix of the raspberry, blackberry, and loganberry, and the loganberry is a cross between the raspberry and blackberry, so boysenberries are rich, flavorful berries. They are typically eaten fresh, in jams and baked goods such as pies.

Important information on growing boysenberries:

  • Most boysenberry growers start their plants with seedlings or small plants as opposed to starting with a seed.
  • Boysenberries are annuals; they produce a harvest every year at the end of summer to fall.
  • Space plants 4-5 feet apart as they will spread throughout the year.
  • They prefer lots of water. So water regularly in the dry seasons.
  • Well-draining soil is best.
  • They are suitable for large pots 18 inches or larger.
  • Boysenberry will grow in temperate, subtropical or Mediterranean climates, and they like a full sun with very little shade. Boysenberries will grow naturally when left alone in average soil that is fertilized twice a year in the spring and fall. In cooler climates, they will grow into a shrub, but in warmer climates, they are a plant that continues to grow and can be trained to grow upwards on a trellis or horizontally along a wire. You can expect many harvests with this plant. New Zealand is the major commercial exporter.

    Boysenberriesare named after Rudolph Boysen who created the hybrid, but Walter Knott, of Knott’s Berry Farm, first grew the berry and sold it at a farmer’s market. Boysenberries have all the nutrients of the berry family, which include fiber, vitamin C, folate, and manganese.

    The most common enemy of the boysenberry are birds; they love the berries as much as humans. If your garden is small, it is a good idea to construct netting over the berries when they are in bloom, but if you have a large patch, the best tip is to pick the berries as soon as they ripen, and beat the birds to the treasure!